The Educator's Notebook

A weekly collection of education-related news from around the web.

Topic: assessment

    • New York Times
    • 02/05/24
    “Three Dartmouth economists and a sociologist then dug into the numbers. One of their main findings did not surprise them: Test scores were a better predictor than high school grades — or student essays and teacher recommendations — of how well students would fare at Dartmouth… A second finding was more surprising. During the pandemic, […]
    • New York Times
    • 01/07/24
    “Without test scores, admissions officers sometimes have a hard time distinguishing between applicants who are likely to do well at elite colleges and those who are likely to struggle. Researchers who have studied the issue say that test scores can be particularly helpful in identifying lower-income students and underrepresented minorities who will thrive. These students […]
    • New York Times
    • 01/03/24
    “Many commenters said, in no uncertain terms, that students need to be held accountable for their academics and behavior… They said policies like the 50 percent rule were unfair… And that leniency didn’t prepare young people for post-high school success… But some saw the benefits of a “grade floor” in certain situations… While others suggested […]
    • New York Times
    • 12/15/23
    “The course will launch for credit next fall, and is currently being taught as a pilot program in 700 schools across 40 states… African American studies is an interdisciplinary field, melding history with the study of contemporary politics, culture and law.”

ADMISSIONS

AI

ASSESSMENT

BEST

CHARACTER

CREATIVITY

CURRICULUM

DIVERSITY/INCLUSION

GRADE INFLATION

HUMANITIES

LEARNING SCIENCE

    • Inside Higher Ed
    • 04/18/24
    “The study, which analyzed more than 30 million assessment records from the Wolverine State’s flagship from 2014 to 2022, shows that students whose last names start with W, X,Y and Z received grades that were approximately 0.6 points lower than their peers whose names begin with A, B and C. Researchers attribute the discrepancy to unconscious […]

OTHER

PD

PEDAGOGY

PISA

READING/WRITING

REFORM

SATIRE

TECH

TECH/AI

    • Rooted
    • 12/15/23
    “What all this means is that human thinking can be made explicitly visible if we invite students to do work complex enough to be worthy of our unique, organic cognitive capacities. Based on this research, I recommend the following indicators as a way to verify and evaluate an assessment or performance task’s level of complexity:”

TECH/AI: EDUCATION

TECHNOLOGY

Issues

Every week I send out articles I encounter from around the web. Subject matter ranges from hard knowledge about teaching to research about creativity and cognitive science to stories from other industries that, by analogy, inform what we do as educators. This breadth helps us see our work in new ways.

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Peter Nilsson

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